Vegpro, the largest fresh baby lettuces producer in Canada, and Cascades have established a partnership aimed at replacing all Fresh Attitude salad containers, traditionally made from virgin plastic, with 100% recycled and recyclable plastic containers. Custom-designed for Vegpro by Cascades, these containers are manufactured at the Cascades Inopak plant in Drummondville, Québec. The two companies have teamed up to offer consumers a container with a smaller environmental footprint that also helps to extend the shelf life of salads. The containers improve airflow and prolong conservation time by limiting the build up of excess humidity. This way, the baby lettuces remain fresh and crisp longer.
Starting January 2020 the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) will no longer be allowed to be used in making thermal paper in the European Union. In response, UPM Raflatac announces its portfolio of thermal label papers and films is now BPA-free. Moreover, the company is providing total phenol-free thermal label paper options.
BPA is an organic synthetic compound used in the manufacture of plastics. It is also used as a color developer in the thermal layer of thermal paper. In recent years, there have been concerns that BPA could negatively affect people’s health which prompted the EU to set regulations restricting its use.
Responsibility is taken seriously at UPM Raflatac. The work does not stop at offering BPA-free materials. To follow future trends and shape industry standards, the company also offers total phenol-free thermal label paper options. The developer used in UPM Raflatac’s phenol-free materials is non-phenolic, making it chemically different from all other color developers used in thermal papers.
“BPA-free materials are soon to become an industry standard. We will continue to be at the forefront by investing in developing total phenol-free chemistry solutions going forward. By adopting total phenol-free thermal label papers, printers and brands can stay two steps ahead of the competition and protect their market position in the long term for the years to come,” says Ville Pollari, Director, Business Segment VIP & Prime, UPM Raflatac.